In the rearview: The 2017 Ponte Vedra Auto Show

1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe takes top prize


Although she tried, not even Hurricane Irma was able to stop the 15th annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show from taking place last year in Nocatee.

Presented by Fields Auto Group and organized by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, the event — which was postponed from its original date due to historically inclement weather — was held Sept. 24 at Nocatee Town Center and attracted roughly 3,500 attendees.

A total of 31 awards were up for grabs at last year’s show, and of the more than 150 classic and collectible cars featured at the event, it was the 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe owned by Mark Becker that took home the coveted award of “Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic”. Other winners of note included Rob Sewell’s 1997 Porsche Carrera S, which won the “Porsche For the Spirit of It!” award; Chris Baldwin’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, which received the “Most Outstanding Pony Car” award; and Richard Scharer’s 2017 Maserati Granturismo Sport Coupe, which drove off with the “Best Exotic” award.         


Winners of the 2017 Ponte Vedra Auto Show

Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic - Mark Becker, 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe

Porsche For the Spirit of It! - Rob Sewell, 1997 Porsche Carrera S

Best in Show Off-Road - Steve Rand, 1969 Citroen Mehari

Best in Show 50th Anniversary of the Shelby Super Snake - Mitt Layton, 1968 Shelby GT500KR

Best in Show 70th Anniversary of the Ferrari - Duke and Melanie Steinemann, 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB

Best in Show 50th Anniversary of the Camaro - Rick Mills, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Lexus Pursuit of Perfection - Craig Dion, 1980 Datsun by Nissan 280 ZX

Porsche Heritage Trophy - John Lovejay, 1965 Porsche Cabriolet

Pre War Classic - George and Maureen Beebe, 1935 Ford Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon

Post War Classic Domestic - Jerry Richter, 1950 Mercury Monterey

Post War Classic Euro - Michael Losey, 1949 MG TC EXU

Most Outstanding Pony Car - Chris Baldwin, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Judges Favorite Pony Car - Scott Maycott, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Most Outstanding American Muscle - Rich Dizinno, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible

Judges Favorite American Muscle - Marc and Regina Premil, 1970 Dodge Coronet 500

Best Exotic - Richard Scharer, 2017 Maserati Granturismo Sport Coupe

Custom Car Award - Buzz and Sarah St. Johns, 1932 Ford Roadster

Checkered Flag Racecar Award - Darek Stennes, 1965 Ford Shelby GT 350

Most Outstanding Corvette - Michael Lucas, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette

Judges Favorite Corvette - Ronnie and Pam Edge, 1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Most Outstanding Mustang - Mike Smith, 1966 Ford Mustang

Judges Favorite Mustang - Mark Greer, 1966 Ford Mustang

Most Original/Barn Find  - Edward Witlen, 1959 MG MGA

Best Classic Off-Road – Robin Springer, 1951 Willy's M38

Porsche  Future Classic  - Bryan Barker, 2016 Porsche GT4

Future Classic Euro - Kevin Robert Cook, 2017 Mercedes Benz C43 AMG

Future Classic – Best New Pony Car - Luis Perez Jr., 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Fifty

Future Classic – Best New Corvette – Michael Simpson, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Future Classic – Best New Muscle Car - Steve Luty, 2003 Mercury Marauder

Future Classic - Best New Off-Road - Brian Webber, 1988 Honda Acty

Chambers Choice Award - Tom Hindle, 1985 Citroen 2 CV Charleston


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